Motorists are being warned to leave more time for journeys and take extra care on Suffolk’s roads this afternoon as heavy snow fall is expected during the rush hour.

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Weather forecasts say heavy snow is expected in the Beccles area from 5pm until 8pm, with lighter snow showers and freezing temperatures throughout the night.

Lowestoft is expected to escape the worst of the weather, with light snow predicted for around 4pm followed by temperatures of 1C and sleet showers. The county’s gritting teams and community volunteers have been busily preparing for freezing temperatures.

Gritters have been sent out to tackle around 3,300km of Suffolk’s roads and ensure that a layer of salt is spread ahead of any snow falling.

Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads, transport and planning, said: “I really can’t stress enough how important it is for those hoping to travel across the county this afternoon to plan ahead and leave extra time for their journeys.

“Our gritters will be out to deal with the snow, which is expected to be falling during rush hour. This can make it difficult for our gritters to move around and deal with the falling snow easily. It is imperative that motorists do all they can to regularly check the weather forecast, drive to the conditions and stay safe on the county’s roads this afternoon.”

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